Design for Sustainable Futures at Arts University Bournemouth - UCAS

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Course summary

Sustainability should be at the heart of everything we do as designers and is certainly at the heart of this course. Research suggests that you, as designers and problem-solvers of the future, make choices every day based on ethical awareness and environmental sustainability: the clothes you wear, the food you buy, the transport you use, the courses you study and the careers you intend to follow. The decisions you make now, as the generation with the greatest potential to have a meaningful impact, will influence all our futures for years to come. Sustainability is often an over-used term that saturates the media, corporate and political culture resulting in a sense of overwhelming powerlessness for the individual; what can you possibly do, how can you be expected to make a difference? Answer, we need your ideas; the world needs your ideas, big ideas, small ideas, better ideas, now more than ever before. Often the very best solutions to a problem are the simplest, the most straightforward and the easiest to put into action. On this course we want to help you to develop and apply your thinking, creativity, ambition and imagination so that all our futures will be bright. BA (Hons) Design for Sustainable Futures is about understanding how design happens, and how it can be used responsibly to create a more sustainable future. This course challenges you to look at societal issues and problems that require change; to investigate what you can do that will encourage positive change; to develop and design proposals for change and to reflect what the world might look like after this change. Alongside gaining the knowledge and skills needed for design and innovation, you’ll study different ways in which sustainability can be defined, understood and realised as well as the social, economic, cultural and political context of sustainability. You’ll develop a way of thinking about design and problem solving that leads to a rewarding career in the creative industries. Your specialism will be in using your creativity, ambition and imagination to propose the innovative concepts that will lead to positive changes in the future, changes that might be big or small but definitely changes that will make the future more sustainable. BA (Hons) Design for Sustainable Futures makes full use of all of AUB’s purpose-made design studios, digital & traditional workshops and the Innovation Studio. Alongside academics with a wide variety of design experience, technical staff are available to enable students to access and use all of AUB’s industry-leading resources. Well-equipped design studios are provided for guided and self-directed study. Our workshops are a thriving shared space where prototypes and experiments can come to life. Digital technologies like VR, AR, rapid prototyping and digitisation can be experienced alongside traditional workshop tools, drawing spaces and shared studios. After developing a way of thinking that will help you to understand the importance of creative thinking to the design process, you’ll explore aspects of sustainable and responsible design through a series of real-world, problem-based briefs. # Upon graduation you will be prepared to change the world with your creativity, ambition and imagination. This course is currently undergoing a periodic review. This means that the course details are currently being reviewed and may be subject to change. However, we anticipate any proposed changes will be minor and the course will not require a new validation. Whilst the information on this page is subject to change, no changes will be made to this page after 31st August 2024.


Year 1: Fundamental Ideas, Past, Present & Future, Design Practice in Context, Collaboration & Problem-solving Year 2: Design, Industry & Sustainability, Creative Teams & Portfolios, Ambitions in Sustainability Year 3: Design Context: A Passion for Sustainability, Leading the Way: Professional Project Feasibility, Sustainable Futures: Professional Project Realisation

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Coursework and practical work

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Please note that applicants who require a student visa to study in the UK would not be able to undertake the optional placement year as part of this course due to UKVI regulations.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

**Please see AUB's website for a full list of our entry requirements, including tariff points where applicable.** We are happy to accept a wide range of qualifications, including but not limited to: A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma, OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma(s), Access to HE courses, Scottish Highers, IB Diploma Programme, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. We can also accept many EU and International qualifications. See website for details. Email Admissions ([email protected]) with any queries about entry requirements. We welcome applicants who are currently studying or who have gained a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and this qualification meets our level three entry requirements. This is a recommended qualification for many of our courses but it is not a compulsory qualification. Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 qualifications are considered on an individual basis and we are happy to accept applicants with a combination of Level 3 qualifications. Please check your qualifications using UCAS Tariff calculator and remember we are looking for the equivalent of 3 A levels if you are combining Level 3 qualifications. AUB tailors its offers to the qualifications an applicant is studying and looks for applicant to be studying a relevant creative subject. AUB makes offers based on up to three A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications with the most UCAS Tariff points attached to them to give applicants the best chance possible at achieving our required tariff (120 UCAS Tariff points in most cases).

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Additional entry requirements


Applicants will be asked to submit a digital portfolio for review by the course team.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)66.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
TOEFL (iBT)80minimum score of 18 in writing, listening, and reading and 19 in speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedCOverall score of 180
PTE Academic54A minimum of 51 in each component
Cambridge English ProficiencyOverall score of 200

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £17950 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £17950 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Design for Sustainable Futures at Arts University Bournemouth - UCAS